This paper describes the work done to advance CLI goals despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among many successes resulting from CLI’s resourcefulness and adaptability was an increase in secondary arts enrollment for students in special groups (e.g., special education, economically disadvantaged, and emergent bilingual). In addition, CLI’s novel Season of Arts Experiences provided 28 schools who would not have otherwise participated access to 27 unique arts partners, contributing to over 107 total arts partnerships in the 2020-2021 school year.
Much of the research on virtual learning during the pandemic references hastily assembled online education as a result of pandemic closures. However, in AISD, students either already had or were provided mobile devices, and students who needed WiFi access were provided hotspots. This report looks at student attendance and learning in Fall 2020, based on how students participate in school (from home, in-person, or mixed).
The purpose of this report is to provide information about the academic performance of emergent bilingual students in the Austin Independent School District (AISD). This document summarizes performance on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests, end-of-course (EOC) tests, the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS), advanced placement (AP) course enrollment, AP exam performance, college readiness indicators, and graduation and dropout rates.
Creative Teaching in the Classroom: A Case Study Using the Hot Seating Strategy in English Language Arts
In this report, we give a comprehensive description of how an AISD 2nd-grade teacher, Mrs. Theresa Wood, integrated a drama-based Creative Teaching strategy into her guided reading lesson. This Creative Teaching strategy, called hot seating, involves students interviewing characters from the story they have read. This case study will provide a vivid understanding of why teachers choose hot seating to amplify their instructional goals in English language arts lessons, how a teacher facilitates the strategy in the classroom, and how it can be extended and modified to fit different needs.
Emergent Bilingual Student Experiences and the Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language Programs, 2020–2021
This report outlines emergent bilingual students’ experiences at AISD and in the Bilingual Education (BE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs. As of the Fall 2020 snapshot, AISD had enrolled 21,107 emergent bilingual students, representing 28% of the AISD student population (N = 74,871). Emergent bilingual students’ participation in the BE and ESL, special education, Gifted and Talented, and Career and Technical Education programs are summarized. Additionally, emergent bilingual students’ perception of school climate and aspects of BE and ESL program implementation are discussed.
This report summarizes student enrollment during the 2020–2021 school year for the cohort of students in the 2019–2020 prekindergarten partnership between Austin Independent School District, United Way for Greater Austin, and participating child development centers. Demographic information and academic performance for beginning-of-year are also reported for the 2019-2020 cohort and comparison students currently enrolled in AISD.
The Impact of Virtual Bilingual Summer School on English Learners’ Beginning-of-Year (BOY) Performance in 2020–2021
This report examines the beginning-of-year (BOY) reading performance of emergent bilingual students who attended virtual summer school in June 2020. Students' performance on the Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA) and MAP reading assessment was compared to that of similar emergent bilingual students who did not attend the summer school program. Students who attended the virtual, bilingual summer school program outperformed the comparison group of students on most assessments.
Eighth-Grade Dual Language Students’ Feedback on the Dual Language Program Secondary Dual Language Program 2020–2021
This report summarizes results from a 2020-2021 survey of 8th-grade students in the middle school Dual Language Program. Most students indicated they felt proud to be bilingual, appreciated the opportunities to receive high school and college credit, and wanted to continue Dual Language in high school.
This report summarizes the first year of the prekindergarten partnership between AISD, United Way for Greater Austin, and participating child development centers that served 417 students. Classrooms and students displayed high quality of instruction and academic performance, and teacher professional development opportunities are summarized.
This report summarizes the academic performance of emergent bilingual students, also known as English learners, for the 2019–2020 school year. Results are presented from the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS), advanced placement (AP) course enrollment and exam performance, college readiness indicators, and graduation and dropout rates. Results for the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test, academic course performance, and end-of-course tests were unavailable this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.